Development processes that
help communities, groups, and individuals transform their ideas into reality through
improved capacities in innovation, learning, critical thinking, dialogue, and teamwork.
Capacity development, training, facilitation
and conflict transformation
Communication for development, interpersonal,
radio, photography, video
Community based natural resource management
Project planning, cycle management, monitoring
Participatory research methods and design
MA Transpersonal Counseling Psychology: Wilderness Therapy (Naropa University, USA)
MSc Capacity Building & Community Development
of Guelph, Canada)
BA Anthropology & Human Ecology (University
of Colorado, USA)
Study abroad- 12 months in Bolivia and Chile (School
for International Training, USA)
"Yapame" (yah-pa-may) is a Spanish word
with roots in Quechua, an indigenous language spoken by
about 738,500 people in the Andean countries of Bolivia,
Peru, and Ecuador. The term is commonly used at the end
of a transaction in a Bolivian marketplace. After paying,
the buyer says "yapame" ("give me a little something extra")
and the seller gives her an item free of charge.
The "yapa" can simply be more of what was purchased, or
something new for the buyer to try.
This serves to cement
the relationship between community members by creating reciprocity
between them -- the buyer is more likely to purchase from
a vendor who has been generous to her, and the seller has
made a small investment in convincing the buyer to return.
Sustainable community development is based on these kinds
of personal relationships and daily interactions.